Chestnut Hill Modern Renovation
Project

Chestnut Hill Modern Renovation

Designed by mid-century modern architects Nathaniel Saltonstall and Oliver Morton, the building was built as a pool house and art studio on a large estate in the Chestnut Hill Historic District of Brookline. Using a minimalist approach, the structure is comprised of a simple steel post and beam frame.

A recent sub-division of the estate property allowed the current owners to purchase the building with the intent of turning it into a two-bedroom home. Working within the existing eight-foot structural grid, Hammer Architects created a new living room, dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms, and bathrooms inside the existing shell.

The result is a compact 1,700 square foot residence. To prevent the house from feeling constrained, Hammer Architects developed an interior plan with long lines of sight through the large walls of glass in the main living spaces. These views open to the refurbished 1950s pool, a large patio and extensive landscaping to create an airy and expansive home

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